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Real Food at Costco: January 2016 Update

 

Real Food at Costco

Costco is one of my best tools for affording healthy food. I like to regularly blog about my Costco shopping adventures because Costco’s inventory is changing all the time. And particularly in the last few years, they’ve been making a BIG push to add more and more organic and natural products. When we first moved to California, Jesse was initially alarmed about the size of our Costco bills, but he eventually realized that it wasn’t that we were being extravagant, irresponsible shoppers; rather, our new Costco store was just carrying many things that we used to have to get from other places.

Costco’s inventory varies quite a bit from store to store, so all of these things may not be available at your local Costco. I currently shop at the Mountain View or Sunnyvale Costco. And this list is by no means exhaustive; I’m sure there are other excellent products that I just happen not to buy or haven’t encountered yet.

Here are the real food items that I purchase or have purchased in the past:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Organic pastured eggsOrganic pastured eggs at Costco
  • Raw honey
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Grass-fed cheese
  • Vanilla extract (with no added sugar)Grass-fed cheese at Costco
  • Canned wild fish
  • Frozen wild fish
  • Organic roasted nuts like cashews (I use them to make my own cashew butter)
  • Organic sprouted nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seedsSprouted Sunflower Seeds at Costco
  • Organic dried fruits, free of preservatives and added sugars, like mangoes, figs, raisins
  • Organic frozen fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mangoes
  • Organic frozen veggies, like green beans, peas, corn
  • Organic fresh vegetables (I mostly buy potatoes and sweet potatoes, because I prefer to get most fresh produce from our farmers’ market)
  • Organic, naturally fermented sauerkrautFermented Sauerkraut at Costco
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Almond flour
  • Organic chicken sausages (not pastured, but a good, affordable convenience food without sketchy ingredients)
  • Organic tortilla chips

I also get some natural/green living items in bulk from Costco, like:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Liquid Castile soup
  • Epsom salts
  • Eco-friendly dish soup
  • Glass food storage containers (like these)
Keira loves Costco shopping

Keira loves Costco shopping

What are your favorite things to buy at Costco?

10 Ways to Save Money on Real Food

10 Ways to Save Money on Real Food

There’s no getting around the fact that real food is expensive. Depending on what kind of food you were buying before, switching to real food may mean a significant increase in your grocery budget. There are, however, a few ways to save money on real food without sacrificing your standards on food quality. Here are my 11 favorite tips.

1. Get a Costco MembershipReal Food & Natural Living Items at Costco

I’ve written before about the real food and green living items that I buy at Costco. If there’s a Costco near you, it’s worth paying them a visit to see what types of real food items they carry.…

Real Food and Green Living Items at Costco

Real Food & Natural Living Items at CostcoI haven’t written about Costco for a while, so I thought it was time for another post on what I like to buy at Costco. Although 95% of the food items at Costco are things that I would never buy, they do have a big enough selection of high-quality gems to make it worth my time and money to be a Costco member.

Why Costco?

I am a big proponent of local food. I’ve love to buy most of our food locally, but that’s just not realistic or practical for us right now. Finding great deals on quality food at Costco allows me to put more money into those things that I really, really value, like raw milk, local grass-fed beef, local pastured chicken and pork, pastured eggs, and organic CSA produce (in the summer and early fall).…

Virgin Coconut Oil, Grass-fed Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil: My Awesome Costco Trip

I’ve written a couple of posts about shopping at Costco. (See real food finds at Costco and wild fish at Costco.) Yesterday, however, Jesse and I had such a great Costco trip that I need to revisit the subject again. If you, too, are a Costco member, I greatly hope that your local Costco also carries the bounty that I just discovered at mine. If not, I’d consider suggesting that they start carrying some of these products. :)

Grass-fed Butter

When we entered the dairy aisle, this wonderful sight greeted us:

Beautiful Kerrygold butter

Our local Costco (in Superior, Colorado) hasn’t had Kerrygold butter in nearly a year, so suffice it to say I was EXTREMELY excited about this.…

Don’t Skip Costco’s Frozen Fish Section


Although Jesse and I have been shopping at our local Costco for nearly four years now, from time to time I still manage to stumble upon items that I had no idea Costco sold. While I’m sure this is partly due to the fact that Costco periodically adds new inventory, I also seem to have just failed to fully wade through the depths of Costco’s offerings. What can I say – Costco is a big place!

Anyway, my newest discovery is Costco’s frozen fish section. I’ve bought fresh fish at Costco many times, but I’d never examined the frozen fish section until Melissa from Dyno-mom mentioned that she buys frozen wild hake at Costco.…